I had my first viva (in our university we have 2 vivas) at the end of December 2012. In our university we are not given the pass with minor/major corrections or revise & resubmit or mphil verdicts after the first viva, but we are given some corrections to do and we need to present them in the second viva. In my case I got several corrections to do, some are minor such as adding additional references, clarify my definitions and assumptions, but there are some quite major where I need to add an analysis in the case where one of my assumption does not hold and to evaluate what the result would be if I use another technique. My second viva will be in the middle of February and by right these corrections shouldn't take more than 1 month. However, I feel it is difficult to bring myself to do those corrections. I feel so lazy and so bored looking at the thesis again and again and again.
My supervisor assured me that there is almost zero possibility that I would fail and one of my examiners told me not to worry since I had done a very good job. But, I am still afraid that I will fail if I don't get the corrections right.
Is there anyone else doing corrections too? Care to share on how do you keep yourselves motivated?
Thanks Pineapple and Vimes! :-)
I've just met my third examiner to ask for the clarifications regarding the corrections that he asked me to do. I think I know how to do them now and it feels better to get a clearer idea of what the examiners' questions/ suggestions really mean. However, I just can't bear the thought of having to meet the same examiners and to have the same provocative and aggressive discussion again in the second viva. But, one of my friend told me that her second viva was easier than the first one and was conducted in a more friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Hopefully it will be the same for me.
Yeah, I read about your long wait for viva and examiners' verdict (post-viva), Pineapple. I also pray that this time you won't have to wait so long for your minor corrections to be approved. Good luck and all the best to you too :-) :-) :-). Thanks for sharing your way of keeping yourself motivated while doing corrections :-).
Vimes, is there anyone in your department besides your supervisor that you can refer to regarding your problem and can advise you how to protect yourself? Was you verdict "pass with major correction" and you don't have to sit for another viva? I read a few posts in this forum saying that the students that get '"pass with major/minor correction" will pass as long as he/she do all the corrections that the examiners have listed. Is this the same for your case?
I guess that this correction together with my second viva is my one last push. After February 2013 I won't have to edit the thesis ever again. I'll put my best effort in this one month and go for a long trip accross the country before going back to my home country at the end of February- hopefully!
Good luck to everyone here who is doing corrections!!!
Hey, just wondered how everyone is getting on with their minor corrections? Anyone else finding this endless ploughing through corrections tiresome?! I'm having to double check every single reference in my 100k word thesis and it's just painfully dull! I'm on the last literature review chapter, so it's getting there, but this seems like a never ending inner-ward battle with myself at the moment in pushing through the final few corrections...... :(
You say you've minor corrections, but how much have you actually got to do?
I really hate to do the corrections, but luckily for me, although I have 5 examiners, all of them are internal. In my university, the examiners don't provide a written list of corrections. So after the 1st viva, I went to meet all them, one by one to confirm all the corrections that they asked me to do.
After listing all of the corrections clearly, then only I saw that they are not as bad as I thought after the 1st viva. That motivates me a lot to finish them. I tried my best to correct one by one and one week before my 2nd viva, I went to meet the examiners again to check whether I had address their concerns correctly and finally I submitted and presented those corrections in my 2nd viva about 3 weeks ago.
You can do it Pineapple. I know you can ! ;-)
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